And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda,Solomon'sservant, whose mother'sname was Zeruah, a widowwoman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.27
And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king:SolomonbuiltMillo, and repaireda the breaches of the city of David his father.28
And the manJeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomonseeing the young man that he was industrious ,b he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.29
And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophetAhijah the Shilonitefound him in the way; and he had clad himself with a newgarment; and they two were alone in the field:30
And Ahijahcaught the newgarment that was on him, and rent it in twelvepieces:31
And he said to Jeroboam,Take thee tenpieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will givetentribes to thee:
(But he shall have onetribe for my servantDavid's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)
Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshippedAshtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians,Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.34
Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant's sake, whom I chose , because he kept my commandments and my statutes:35
But I will take the kingdom out of his son'shand, and will give it unto thee, even tentribes.36
And unto his son will I giveonetribe, that David my servant may have a lightcalwaybefore me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy souldesireth , and shalt be king over Israel.38
And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servantdid ; that I will be with thee, and build thee a surehouse, as I built for David, and will giveIsrael unto thee.
And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.40Solomonsought therefore to killJeroboam. And Jeroboamarose , and fled into Egypt, unto Shishakking of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.